A DAY TO REMEMBER

Two members of 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets were recently presented with their Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s award certificates. The presentation took place in the Throne room at St James’s Palace.

Sergeant (ATC) Megan Saunders and Cadet Warrant Officer Katie Dickson with their certificates outside St. James' Palace in London.

Sergeant (ATC) Megan Saunders and Cadet Warrant Officer Katie Dickson with their certificates outside St. James’ Palace in London.

Sergeant Megan Saunders and Cadet Warrant Officer Katie Dickson both completed their awards during 2013 and have been looking forward to the finale of the award, a visit to St James’s Palace in London. While at the palace Megan & Katie joined over 40 other members of the Air Cadet Organisation who were also receiving their awards. The Duke of Edinburgh spent time to chat to the participants in their groups and he asked Megan & Katie questions directly.

After the Duke of Edinburgh had congratulated, the presenter of their certificates was introduced. TV presenter Ellie Harrison of Countryfile presented awards to the Air Cadets and she gave an inspiring insight into her life.

To complete the award at Gold level Megan & Katie completed five sections of the award. They spent over 12 months volunteering and learning a new skill, 6 months of regular physical recreation, a four day expedition in the Lake District and a residential week taking part in a new activity.

CWO Katie Dickson said “What an honour to meet HRH – and for partaking in an activity that was as fun and fulfilling as the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme! I’m thrilled to have completed and look forward to encouraging and assisting younger cadets to take part in the award.”

Sgt Megan Saunders commented, “It was really good to meet Ellie after watching her on Countryfile every Sunday!”